Affordable Divorce Attorneys 

Merna Law has been providing residents of eastern Virginia with compassionate and effective legal solutions to family and financial challenges for over 20 years. Ending a relationship can be painful. Find out how Merna Law can guide through your divorce to you new life ahead.

Affordable Divorce Attorneys 

For over 20 years The Merna Law Group has been providing residents of eastern Virginia with affordable, compassionate, and effective legal solutions to family and financial challenges. If your relationship has come to an end, find out how Merna Law can guide through your divorce to you new life ahead.

Affordable Divorce Attorneys of Virginia

Ending a marriage can be stressful and costly.   Navigating the legal complications and requirements is our specialty.  Start with a free consultation today to better understand your rights and the timeline you will be navigating.


john g merna, esq.

john g merna, esq.

Senior Attorney / Founder

John G. Merna, senior attorney and founder of Merna Law, received his law degree (juris doctorate) from George Mason University School of Law.

He also holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona and a bachelor degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech.

He is admitted to practice law in both Virginia and California. John is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts in the Central and Eastern Districts of California and the Eastern District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court.

He is also a member of the Virginia State Bar,  the Virginia Beach Bar Association and The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Genene E. Gardner, esq.

Genene E. Gardner, esq.

Managing Attorney

Genene E. Gardner, managing attorney, is a Virginia Beach native. She received her law degree (juris doctorate) from Regent University School of Law. She also received her bachelor degree from Longwood University. Genene is admitted to practice in Virginia and practices in the areas of family law and bankruptcy.

Genene is a member of the Virginia State Bar, The Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association and The Virginia Beach Bar Association. In her spare time she enjoys gardening.

Sebastiana R. Bradstreet, esq.

Sebastiana R. Bradstreet, esq.

Associate Attorney

Sebastiana Bradstreet is an associate attorney with Merna Law. She attended undergrad in the Chicago area at Olivet Nazarene University, majoring in Political Science and History. She moved to Virginia to attend law school at Liberty University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate. Sebastiana is licensed to practice in Virginia and focuses on consumer Bankruptcy law in our Newport News office, as well as divorce and Estate Planning. In her spare time Sebastiana likes to hike with her family and rock climb.

Everyone at the office was very helpful and friendly. The attorney answered all of our questions and helped us through the entire process. He was also very helpful answering concerns that we had after the process was completed/over. Highly recommended!

William E.

Virginia Beach, VA

I met with John Merna and found him to be truthful, experienced and very personable. I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal representation. The experience was quick, straightforward and understandable. The administrative staff was also very supportive and helpful.

William E.

Virginia Beach, VA

A friendly staff and outstanding attorney who helped me through a difficult time in my life. Thanks to everyone at the Merna Law Group who helped me move on to and new chapter in my life debt free!

Mary F.

Richmond, VA

From the beginning of our journey, both my wife and I felt that we had chosen the right person to lead us through this difficult time in our life. We felt that we could place our trust in this firm and be confident that we would receive the best legal advice out there. All of the staff was very attentive to our problem and worked diligently to help us resolve our credit problems in the best manner. We were extremely pleased with the guidance and advice given to us by John and his staff.

Daniel A.

Newport News, VA

Merna Law 2020 10 Best Bankruptcy Attorney

The Merna Law Group, P.C.

The Merna Law Group, family law attorneys, is a premier divorce law firm in the state of Virginia with lawyers serving Virginia Beach, Richmond and Newport News. Winners of over 35 awards for Excellence over the past 7 years, our experienced attorneys have represented 1,000’s of clients in extremely successful contested and uncontested divorces, custody battles, and child support cases.   John G. Merna has also served as past President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association.  Prior to establishing the firm in 2003, Mr.  Merna was the founder and partner in a prominent Los Angeles law firm.   His experience with clients under stress on both coasts played a significant part in his philosophy that meeting an attorney does not have to be an impersonal, confusing, or judgmental experience for clients.


The attorneys and staff at The Merna Law Group strive to provide accessible and understandable legal services in a stress-free and friendly environment. We invite you to give us a call.  We look forward to seeing the smile on your face when you realize how much better we can make your life.


Our Virginia Beach, Newport News & Richmond offices service the following jurisdictions:  Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Smithfield, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Gloucester, Williamsburg, Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Dinwiddie, Franklin, Accomack, Petersburg, Poquoson, Amelia, Prince George, Goochland, Charles City, Sussex, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Mechanicsville, Hanover, and Midlothian


621 N. Lynnhaven Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 340-4070

11815 Fountain Way,
Suite 300
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 599-9099